lifeinthehood wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 26, 2023 3:32 pm
pelealexandru wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:09 pm
I'm guessing Pat Goodman opened this Orbit project, File > Save as, typed Orbit and bam, but we'll see
Come to think of it, what's to stop one company from just flat out copying the design of another company? I don't imagine it's that difficult for someone who wants to start a company to simply digitize a design and essentially create a carbon copy. Kite design all seems to have been converging in the last 10 years anyways.
So what you are thinking of is:
Unstitch/unglue all the panels
Take those files and start a kite company
Easy to talk about, almost impossible to implement to any level of usability. The errors involved would blow out very very quickly to way beyond what would make the kite fly nothing like the original.
The biggest issue is however, without the 'source code' (SurfPlan .SLE file or KaroroCAD .KITE file) the wing you get from the process is an orphan - even if you did manage to get it to fly it is one size only, and there is no easy way to change or improve it. Changes, improvements, tuning - that is what keeps your brand going and up to speed year after year.
Scaling sizes alone would be a nightmare - much beyond 1 to 2m in canopy size and whole bunch of stuff in non-linear in nature - take the 9m scan you actual got to fly from the process above and scale to 12m - it is now a complete basket case (let alone the headache of hours of work to manually adjust seam allowances on EVERY SINGLE PANEL...)
For all the work involved and the limited chance of success its actually easy to design new kites from scratch or pay one of the contract designers out there for their services.